The travel industry is among the worst hit industries in the world due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Hence, the aviation industry is also suffering the consequences. With aircrafts grounded and no relief in sight, the aviation industry is going through a rough period. People are avoiding travels altogether and governments are putting several restrictions to contain the virus. The slump has led to massive losses.
The UK’s flag carrier British Airways is reportedly retiring its entire Boeing 747, also popularly known as Jumbo Jet, fleet because of a huge hit to the international air travel amid the pandemic. British Airways has 31 Jumbos in its service, which is more than any other airline
With a heavy heart, the airline confirmed its proposal to retire its entire 747 fleet with immediate effect. The company further added that it is unlikely its magnificent queen of the skies will ever operate commercial services for British Airways. The reason for the statement is again the downturn in travel caused by the Covid-19 global pandemic.
It is worthy to note, the 400 passenger 747 was launched by Boeing in 1970 and it has dominated the international air travel and cargo over the decades.